The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the stimulus act).
Under the stimulus legislation, the incentive programs were set up to “promote the adoption of EHRs [electronic health records] in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs,” says a fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
She told us that she was very familiar with the Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements, and that “there’s nothing in there that requires physicians to ask about sexual history.” Des Roches says it’s possible electronic records could be customized to include fields for such questions for doctors who regularly ask about sexual history.
op-ed written by Obamacare critic Betsy Mc Caughey.
(Our readers may remember Mc Caughey as the source of the bogus claim that health care legislation in the House called for mandatory counseling for seniors “to do what’s in society’s best interest …
study that said billion per year could be saved with widespread use of EHRs.
The Congressional Budget Office was critical of that study, and a 2013 Rand analysis said data on the impact of EHRs were “mixed.” It said the “disappointing performance” in terms of cost savings so far was due to slow adoption of the technology and the inability of some systems to communicate with one another.
There are two stages of the EHR Incentive Programs: First, eligible health care professionals and hospitals would meet requirements in Stage 1, and in later years, Stage 2.
In Stage 1, doctors and other health care providers can demonstrate meaningful use by recording health information electronically. In order to receive the payments, health care professionals have to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records, and there are several requirements. Asking about sexual activities isn’t one of them, according to CMS. Des Roches, Catherine, senior survey researcher, Mathematica Policy Research. A program created by the stimulus law – not Obamacare — encourages health professionals to use electronic records.But there is no requirement in the program to ask anything about sexual history.A spokesperson told us : Betsy Mc Caughey’s article is grossly inaccurate.